Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things boys were “supposed” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept and embrace Wyatt’s transisition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever….

This was an alright book. I became bored with some chapters since it was just straight medical and psychological information about gender identity and such. I already knew all that. So I would skip or skim those chapters. I was more interested in the stuff the family went through and their story. But for someone who doesn’t understand transgender this is the book for them. Not only do you get the background information, you also hear the story of what a family went through. 

It was nice to see how open kids were with Nicole. They didn’t even think twice about her saying no I’m a girl. They were like OK and kept on playing. It wasn’t until adults shoved their own beliefs and views down kids throats did they turn hateful. Just makes my blood boil. But I won’t go into that now. That’s will be for another blog! Overall it’s worth the read.


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